Picturing the Anthropocene: Landscape, Land Art, and Eco Art


Without a doubt, questions concerning environmental crisis and the habitability of our planet are among the most pressing of our time. This course will cover the history of 19th-century landscape and its legacy today, the 1960s Land Art movement and its relationship to modern environmentalism, and the nuances of contemporary eco art. In addition, we will go in depth into some of the most prolific media within eco-art, including photography and film, and we will explore the contemporary debates specific to these fields. There will be a required field trip to the Western U.S. desert (UT, NV) to visit key sites of land art prior to the start of classes (4-5 days, approximately the third week of August). Possible visits may include Spiral Jetty, Sun Tunnels, Double Negative, Las Vegas Piece and the Center for Land Use Interpretation. The trip will be limited to eight students. Flights, lodging, ground transportation and some meals for graduate students and majors in the Department of Art History and Archaeology will be paid for by the West Bay View Travel Seminar endowment. Travel plans are subject to change due to changing pandemic restrictions. The course is limited to graduate students, majors, and possibly minors in art history and archaeology. Prerequisites: L01 113, Intro to Western Art; plus one 300-level Art History course
Course Attributes: FA AH; EN H; BU Hum; AS HUM; GF AH; FA HUM; AR HUM

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Picturing the Anthropocene: Landscape, Land Art, and Eco Art
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